Not so fast: Trump now asks Justice watchdog to review documents he wants released after fear unsealing will taint Russia probe
- President Donald Trump on Friday put the brakes on his controversial plan to declassify and publicly release sections of documents and texts related to a federal investigation of his presidential campaign and the inquiry into Russia interference in the 2016 election.
- Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Trump's decision to declassify the documents was a "clear abuse of power," and that he had been informed that their release could expose intelligence sources and methods.
- Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said the move was designed to support a "false narrative" that the investigation into possible collusion with Russians by Trump's campaign was unfair because of bias against the president among federal law-enforcement officials.
- A spokeswoman for Warner, when asked about Trump's decision to have the Justice Department's inspector general review the documents, said: "I assume it had to do with objections from across the" intelligence community.
Ford seeks to shift balance of power in Kavanaugh drama
- But it's also clear that the California professor and her lawyers are concerned at the imbalance of power she would face as a single accuser taking on Kavanaugh and the committee's Republican majority, as well as the structure and integrity of a hearing that in many ways appears stacked against her.
- Several of those conditions are likely to be nonstarters for the committee's Republican majority, including the notion of compelling testimony from Judge, who has said he has no memory of the alleged incident and does not want to appear.
- Kavanaugh has categorically denied her accusation that he forced himself upon her at a house party in Washington's Maryland suburbs while they were teenagers, and said Thursday in a letter to the committee that he is keen to testify as soon as possible to clear his name and defend his integrity.
Michael Cohen is giving Mueller's Russia probe 'critical information' on Trump
- WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer says he is providing "critical information" as part special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.
- Davis had asserted last month that his client could tell the special counsel that Trump had prior knowledge of a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer, Trump's son-in-law and Trump's eldest son, who had been told in emails that it was part of a Russian government effort to help his father's campaign.
- But Davis later walked back the assertions, saying he could not independently confirm the claims that Cohen witnessed Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., telling his father about the Trump Tower meeting beforehand.
Trump and his allies' explanations for the campaign's Russia contacts have seen a stark evolution as new evidence has spilled out
- The Trump camp's explanations for its Russia contacts saw a significant shift in the summer of 2017, when a bombshell New York Times story revealed that three top campaign officials, including Manafort, son Donald Trump Jr., and senior adviser Jared Kushner met with two Russian lobbyists at Trump Tower.
- After The Times reported on the meeting, Trump Jr. put out an initial statement claiming the meeting had nothing to do with Clinton or campaign business.
- But the president's eldest son had to revise his statement several times after it emerged that he agreed to the meeting after he was offered "dirt" on Clinton.
- Trump and his lawyers initially claimed that the president did not know about the meeting until The Times broke the story about it.